Hi! I’m Erin. I’m a self-taught pastry chef, author, cake design instructor, wife, mom, and occasional unicorn.
Once upon a time, I was a pastry chef in fancy restaurants with white table cloths, real silver, and bustling kitchens full of creative, kind of scary, generous, insane, and mostly wonderful people. I designed menus, managed pastry staff, and designed desserts with lots of delicious details, like this one…
After an inspiring sugar flower class in NYC, I decided it was time to put my big girl pants on and strike out on my own. In 2009 I opened Wild Orchid Baking Co. in NH. I had found my passion in sugar flowers and finally felt at home baking, designing, and decorating big fancy cakes with lots of time consuming details. My little shop quickly gained lots of local and national attention. I competed and won on Food Network’s Sweet Genius, and received nods from both Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides Magazine as one of the top wedding cake pros in the country. Brides also included a cake of mine as one of America’s Prettiest Wedding Cakes. (Aw, shucks, guys. ☺️🍰) My cakes were also featured in Town & Country, The Knot, OK Magazine, The Huffington Post, Grace Ormonde, HGTV’s DIY Network, TLC’s Parentables, American Cake Decorating, Cake Masters, and on many cake decorating and wedding blogs.
As my work gained attention, people started asking me to teach them to do the fancy cake things that I do. I hopped a plane and filmed classes for Craftsy on how to hand-stamp cakes, make show-stopping fondant cake designs with sugar flowers, and how to sculpt delicious chocolate flowers. I also wrote Great Cake Decorating for Taunton Press.
While I was doing all that baking, caking, and teaching, I also got married and had two beautiful, fun-loving, spunky kids. When baby #2 was on the way I made the big decision to move on from Wild Orchid Baking Co. and launch this website, Erin Bakes. I’ve drawn on my fine pastry skills, modern cake design aesthetic, and overall kitchen MacGyver-ness to bring you fun, easy, accessible, and most of all delicious recipes and cake decorating projects.
When I’m not playing with cake, you’ll find me enjoying the gorgeous New Hampshire seacoast and lakes region with my wonderfully patient husband and crazy kids.